Exodus 20:23
New International Version
Do not make any gods to be alongside me; do not make for yourselves gods of silver or gods of gold.

New Living Translation
Remember, you must not make any idols of silver or gold to rival me.

English Standard Version
You shall not make gods of silver to be with me, nor shall you make for yourselves gods of gold.

Berean Study Bible
You are not to make any gods alongside Me; you are not to make for yourselves gods of silver or gold.

King James Bible
Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold.

New King James Version
You shall not make anything to be with Me—gods of silver or gods of gold you shall not make for yourselves.

New American Standard Bible
You shall not make other gods besides Me; gods of silver or gods of gold, you shall not make for yourselves.

NASB 1995
You shall not make other gods besides Me; gods of silver or gods of gold, you shall not make for yourselves.

NASB 1977
‘You shall not make other gods besides Me; gods of silver or gods of gold, you shall not make for yourselves.

Amplified Bible
You shall not make other gods [to worship] besides Me; gods of silver or gods of gold, you shall not make [these lifeless idols] for yourselves.

Christian Standard Bible
Do not make gods of silver to rival me; do not make gods of gold for yourselves.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You must not make gods of silver to rival Me; you must not make gods of gold for yourselves."

American Standard Version
Ye shall not make other gods with me; gods of silver, or gods of gold, ye shall not make unto you.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Ye shall not make to yourselves gods of silver, and gods of gold ye shall not make to yourselves.

Contemporary English Version
So you must never make idols of silver or gold to worship in place of me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
You shall not make gods of silver, nor shall you make to yourselves gods of gold.

English Revised Version
Ye shall not make other gods with me; gods of silver, or gods of gold, ye shall not make unto you.

Good News Translation
Do not make for yourselves gods of silver or gold to be worshiped in addition to me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Never make any gods of silver or gold for yourselves. Never worship them.

International Standard Version
You are not to make gods of silver alongside me, nor are you to make for yourselves gods of gold.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Ye shall not make with Me--gods of silver, or gods of gold, ye shall not make unto you.

Literal Standard Version
you do not make gods of silver and gods of gold [to be] with Me—you do not make [any idol] for yourselves.

NET Bible
You must not make gods of silver alongside me, nor make gods of gold for yourselves.

New Heart English Bible
You shall most certainly not make alongside of me gods of silver, or gods of gold for yourselves.

World English Bible
You shall most certainly not make alongside of me gods of silver, or gods of gold for yourselves.

Young's Literal Translation
ye do not make with Me gods of silver, even gods of gold ye do not make to yourselves.

Additional Translations ...
Study Bible
Idolatry Forbidden
22Then the LORD said to Moses, “This is what you are to tell the Israelites: ‘You have seen for yourselves that I have spoken to you from heaven. 23You are not to make any gods alongside Me; you are not to make for yourselves gods of silver or gold.

Cross References
Exodus 20:3
You shall have no other gods before Me.

Exodus 32:1
Now when the people saw that Moses was delayed in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, "Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this Moses who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has happened to him!"

Exodus 32:2
So Aaron told them, "Take off the gold earrings that are on your wives and sons and daughters, and bring them to me."

Exodus 32:31
So Moses returned to the LORD and said, "Oh, what a great sin these people have committed! They have made gods of gold for themselves.

Exodus 34:17
You shall make no molten gods for yourselves.

Leviticus 19:4
Do not turn to idols or make for yourselves molten gods. I am the LORD your God.

Deuteronomy 27:15
Cursed is the man who makes a carved idol or molten image--an abomination to the LORD, the work of the hands of a craftsman--and sets it up in secret.' And let all the people say, 'Amen!'

Deuteronomy 29:17
You saw the abominations and idols among them made of wood and stone, of silver and gold.

Judges 17:3
And when he had returned the eleven hundred shekels of silver to his mother, she said, "I wholly dedicate the silver to the LORD for my son's benefit, to make a graven image and a molten idol. Therefore I will now return it to you."


Treasury of Scripture

You shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall you make to you gods of gold.

Exodus 20:3-5
Thou shalt have no other gods before me…

Exodus 32:1-4
And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him…

1 Samuel 5:4,5
And when they arose early on the morrow morning, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the ground before the ark of the LORD; and the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off upon the threshold; only the stump of Dagon was left to him…









(23) Ye shall not make with me gods of silver.--The expression "make with me" is unusual, but does not seem to have any peculiar force. Gods of silver and gods of gold are specially forbidden, because it was to idolatry of this kind that the Israelites were specially inclined. The golden calf is no isolated phenomenon. Molten images of gods, generally of silver, sometimes of gold, were objects of worship to Israel throughout the ages which preceded the Captivity. Jeroboam set up molten images at Dan and Bethel (Kings 14:9; 2Kings 17:16). Baal was worshipped under the semblance of a molten image (2Chronicles 28:2) as were probably Ashtaroth, Chemosh, and Moloch. The animal worship of the Egyptians had no attractions for the Hebrews; they did not offer to images of stone or marble, like the Assyrians or the Greeks; much less was it their habit to "bow down to stocks," like so many of the heathen nations around them. The "molten image," generally completed by a certain amount of graving, was the form of idol which had most charms for them, and the more precious the material the more satisfied were they to worship it. (Comp. Isaiah 30:22; Isaiah 42:17; Jeremiah 10:14; Hosea 13:2, &c.). Occasionally indeed they overlaid wood or stone with plates of gold or silver, to produce an idol (Habakkuk 2:19); but such images were at once less common and held in less account.

Verse 23. - Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, etc. This is a repetition, in part, of the second commandment, and can only be accounted for by the prohibition being specially needed. The first idea of the Israelites, when they considered that Moses had deserted them, was to make a golden calf for a god.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Lexicon
You are not
לֹ֥א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

to make
תַעֲשׂ֖וּן (ṯa·‘ă·śūn)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine plural | Paragogic nun
Strong's Hebrew 6213: To do, make

any gods
אֱלֹ֤הֵי (’ĕ·lō·hê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

to rival Me;
אִתִּ֑י (’it·tî)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 854: Nearness, near, with, by, at, among

you are not
לֹ֥א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

to make
תַעֲשׂ֖וּ (ṯa·‘ă·śū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6213: To do, make

for yourselves
לָכֶֽם׃ (lā·ḵem)
Preposition | second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew

gods
וֵאלֹהֵ֣י (wê·lō·hê)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

of silver
כֶ֙סֶף֙ (ḵe·sep̄)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3701: Silver, money

or gold.
זָהָ֔ב (zā·hāḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2091: Gold, something gold-colored, as oil, a clear sky


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